Farewells, Rescues & Inspiring Faith Stories: The Best of the Hope Web in 2018 – Hope 103.2

Farewells, Rescues & Inspiring Faith Stories: The Best of the Hope Web in 2018

We’ve taken a look back at some of our most popular articles across 2018, and it’s packed with great stuff that’ll help with your holiday reading. 

By Hope 103.2Tuesday 25 Dec 2018Station NewsReading Time: 5 minutes

We’ve taken a look back at some of the big news stories and our most popular articles across 2018, and it’s packed with great stuff that’ll help with your holiday reading. Sit back and enjoy taking another look at “the year that was” on the Hope website.

The News


One of the 13 ‘Wild Boars’ Rescued in Thailand is a Compassion Sponsored Child

Adul the Compassion Sponsor Child Rescued from Thailand CaveThe rescue of the ‘Wild Boars’ youth soccer team hit close to home for Christians in Thailand and around the world when they learnt that, one of the boys was a believer and a Compassion sponsor child.
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Farewell, Billy Graham – Fiery US Gospel Preacher who Put Brakes on Australia’s Crime Rates

Billy GrahamIn his 99 years on earth, Billy Graham touched the lives of millions, shaped evangelical Christian culture, and may even have helped slow crime rates in Australia for a time. So it’s no surprise to see the tributes pouring in for the American gospel evangelist. Read more

Remembering Christian Author Eugene Peterson (1932-2018)

Eugene Peterson“There are people who die well,” beloved pastor and author Eugene Peterson said recently, ‘and I want to be one.’ Well, Eugene achieved his goal. Read more

New PM Scott Morrison – A Genuine Christian & Won’t Backstab, Says Bruce Baird, But Will He Soften on Refugees?

Scott MorrisonBruce Baird, the former Liberal MP who has opened doors for Scott Morrison, chats about the new PM, his faith, and his tough stance on refugees. Read more

Hillsong Wins At 2018 Grammy Awards

Hillsong United wins Grammy AwardHillsong Worship won its first Grammy this week in New York City for their song What A Beautiful Name. Brooke Ligertwood and Ben Fielding were there to accept the award. Read more

Winning the Fight With a Family Curse: Stan Walker’s Greatest Battle Yet

Stan WalkerA battle with cancer, an encounter with God, dramatic weight loss, and grappling with his purpose on the earth—Stan Walker has faced it all in the last couple of years. He tells all in his new documentary and an indepth personal web article. Read more

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5 Things Aussie Farmers Want You to Know About the Drought

Ruth Klingner and FamilyFarmers in NSW are doing it tough right now. They want you to know that. But how much do you really understand about how this drought is affecting country NSW? Read more

Christian Schools Will Not Reject LGBTI Students, Say Christian Education Leaders

High School StudentsChristian schools don’t want to expel gay students, say Christian eudcation leaders, in the wake of news about the leaked Religious Freedom Review. Read more

The Viral Video Making Kids with Down Syndrome Famous (and Their Mums!)

Down Sydnrome Music VideoIt brought celebrity TV host James Corden to tears, and made singer Christina Perri tweet that her ‘heart is full’. It’s a ‘carpool karaoke’ style lip sync video, created for World Down Syndrome Day. Read more

How Reddit & Facebook Added Extra Romance to this Fairytale Sydney Harbour Proposal

Philo and Monicas ProposalThe power of social media was on display in the most heartwarming way this week, after a romantic marriage proposal was accidentally captured by a photographer on Sydney Harbour. Read more

The People


“I Was Petrified” – How The Greatest Showman’s Keala Settle Found Her Voice

Kealla Settle from The Greatest ShowmanMusical lovers were thrilled to see Hugh Jackman and Zac Efron return to musicals in ‘The Greatest Showman’ —but it’s Hawaiian-born Keala Settle who really stole the show. Laura Bennett chatted with her on Hope 103.2. Read more

Share Your Faith Through Vulnerability: A Lesson from Avril Lavigne

Avril LavigneAvril Lavigne’s latest release “Head Above Water” is a raw and vulnerable reflection of faith through her battle with Lyme disease. Read more

You Want More? Why Hillsong’s Pastor Brian Houston Doesn’t Settle

Brian Houston talking about his book 'There is More'Despite his great success already, Hillsong founder and Global Senior Pastor Brian Houston is convinced the best is yet to come for all of us, mums and megapastors alike. It’s the theme of his new book, ‘There is More’. Read more

“My Prayer’s Not Answered Yet, But I’m Still Trusting God” – Emma Mullings

Emma MullingsI watched my mum die at 37 from cancer. I prayed for the healing of my sister—who was born severely brain damaged… it still hasn’t happened. These unanswered prayers kept me away from God for years. But here’s why I still believe He heals… Read more

God Was There in My Darkest Days: Human Nature’s Andrew Tierney on ‘Finding Faith’

Finding Faith Andrew TierneyAndrew Tierney, one quarter of Australia’s beloved guy-band, Human Nature, is sharing a less choreographed side of himself – in his new duo: Finding Faith. And it brings his Christian faith right into the spotlight. Read more

What You Didn’t Know About ‘I Can Only Imagine’s’ Lead Actor, J.Michael Finley

J Michael Finley from I Can Only ImagineWhen the directors of the inspirational biopic ‘I Can Only Imagine’ found their lead actor, they thought he was ‘too good to be true’.
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From Vampires to Jesus: Meet Nathaniel Buzolic, Aussie Actor & Hollywood Celeb

Nathaniel BuzolicFor a guy who stars in a vampire show , Nathaniel Buzolic talks about Jesus a lot. Hope Brekky caught up with the Aussie born Hollywood actor in the studio. Read more

Men in their 60s – Afflicted by Hope

Chef Anthony BourdainWhy have so many high profile men taken their own lives around the age of 60? Michael Frost wonders if it’s because men, at their core, are driven by a belief that life should be better. Read more

The Top Tips


12 Fundamentals Every 12 Year Old Needs to Know

Young people 12 year oldsWith the adventure of adolescence before them, 12 year olds are still close enough for parents to model a grown up life and not too distasteful to be dismissed as out of touch. Read more

13 Questions to Ask the Kids, Better Than ‘How Was School Today?’

Dad and School KidA year into my daughter’s schooling career, I’m realizing I need to get more creative than just plain old, “How was school today?” Here’s 13 alternative questions to get the kids talking. Read more

The Ancient Prayer That Can Change Your Life

Woman PrayingIt’s a prayer that can suffer from neglect and mindless repetition because of its familiarity. But when prayed slowly and with intent, it is possibly the most powerful prayer one can pray: The Lord’s Prayer. Read more